Last week this illustration assignment came by my desk; how war affects our military, and to what degree. How much pressure are we placing on our troops here in America, with expectations and judgements? Were there pre-existing character faults at play?
With those questions in mind, I came up with the idea of words overlaying and creating a portrait of Sgt. Bales. The other idea I had was a Jenga game; pull out the wrong piece and it all comes tumbling down.
My father was in the military so I personally know what it's like to be a family member in the military. I had the chance to live in and see different cultures. But at the same time, my father was rarely at home, sometimes gone for months at a time during the Vietnam era. It can take a toll.